Distracted Driving Campaign Launched
Prince George, B.C. – Leave the phone alone. That’s the simple message from ICBC and Police services throughout B.C..
According to ICBC every year in the North Central region, 15 people die in distracted related crashes.
Once again, Police services in the province have launched a month long campaign to reduce distracted driving.
Police are still seeing drivers using their cellphones, particularly while waiting at an intersection or stuck in traffic. It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about distracted driving and a top excuse police hear. This is especially dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists at intersections.
The law applies whenever you’re in control of your vehicle – even when stopped at a light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Studies show that drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50 per cent of what is going on around them, visually.
Police are ramping up their enforcement of distracted driving across B.C. Cell Watch volunteers will also be roadside, reminding drivers to leave their phones alone. And ICBC road safety coordinators will be attending community events inviting the public to try a driving simulator to see firsthand how using a cellphone impacts your ability to drive safely.